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Old 10-13-2009, 09:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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MFS preps The Pirate4x4 buggy for KOH

The King of all giveaways is underway https://pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=827246 and MFS has been busy turning up the heat on my rig in anticipation of the race.


Last year I debuted the rig at KOH with a 4.3 v6 that quite honestly sucked ass.

So the first order of business is a mildly hot rodded 500Hp LS2 out a GTO.

So while Eric, Jeff and Dan over at MFS are busy with a whole host of mods and race prep I figure we should start with the motor.

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old motor was actually a built crate motor that had a cam and intake work done. But even at 165hp or so it was just never going to be that much fun to peel out in....even though I did have a 100hp NOS shot

So out with the old iron. ( which by the way is for sale cheap. )



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MFS will be installing the LS2 feature the following.

2006 GTO LS2

Polished Aluminum intake
some boy howdy throttle body
flow through fuel rails
comp cam
Sanderson Headers
Woodlee oil accumulator adapter
Woodlee Alternator high mount bracket
Woodlee High mount TC pump bracket
-16 AN water pump fittings
F body pan


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a pic of the woodlee oil accumulator adapter
http://www.wideopendesign.com/
https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=816350

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Old 10-13-2009, 02:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Just got two of those adapters. Pretty sweet unit!
Do you happen to have the cam specs?
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I will get some addition detail pics of the motor build in the next few days,

In the mean time a huge change in the car layout is moving the radiator to the rear.

So a call was made to Steve at Griffin.

Now I have to tell you, I thought Griffin was cool for stepping up and being the sponsor of the King of the hammers last year and now again for 2009.

But until you get the chance to talk with Tom or steve you don't reaize just how cool (pun intended) they are.

They build radiators for everything from nuclear subs to NASCAR and it was a real eye opener just how much technology they have at their disposal.

bottom line, if you need your rig to run cool and want the best ... give griffin a call. check out their website to get an idea of just how many different applications they have. it is impressive !!

http://www.griffinrad.com/index.cfm
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The start of last years KOH race had to be a tough thing for you to watch; kinda like the tortoise and the hare, except the hare was fast enough to break, get towed back to pit, fixed and still finish the course
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So with Dan Trout now fabricating over at MFS I knew that the aluminum shroud work would turn out pimp.

mocking up the panels

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side vent window, rear radiator wall and radiator mounted in place.



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The start of last years KOH race had to be a tough thing for you to watch; kinda like the tortoise and the hare, except the hare was fast enough to break, get towed back to pit, fixed and still finish the course

Ya know, maybe it should have been tough to watch but in fact I was really very proud day for me. getting my rig to that point was a 3 year project from hell. thought the whole divorce, loosing my shop and equipment and being homeless for a while and then moving across the state to where I live now it was just a very challenging time in my life.

So with the help of Mike Shaffer, Bob Roggy and several other good friends my rig was finally functional and entered in the biggest rock race of all time.

it didn't even run until 3am the nigh before the race and even then it was dubbed the "sputter craft" since it was barely running

took me the better part of 3 years to go from new X chassis to KOH race :smoking:


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Inside view of the Radiator wall and side window air duct.

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Very nice aluminium work! Are the side panels removable for trail riding? Is your spare going to be moved?
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I hear ya, just slingin' a little stuff your way. You've got the baddest x chassis out there now, it really looks great. What cooler is mounted on top of the fuel cell?
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Radiator fitting are -16AN and MFS welded up the water pump with -16AN fittings as well.

the hard lines will be 1" aluminum tubing

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Very nice aluminium work! Are the side panels removable for trail riding? Is your spare going to be moved?
side windows will be held on with Zus tabs to allow easy removal to the ARB fridge for trail riding
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I hear ya, just slingin' a little stuff your way. You've got the baddest x chassis out there now, it really looks great. What cooler is mounted on top of the fuel cell?
setrab cooler for the th400 tranny. if time and budget allows I will have griffin build me a larger one with spal fan.
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Are you running a fuel cooler or at all concerned with the Al intake acting as a heat sink? I thought that's why OEM was composite? My return rails soak a ton of heat from the engine bay.
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So with Dan Trout now fabricating over at MFS I knew that the aluminum shroud work would turn out pimp.
Trout fawkin rules.

It looks sick Camo...

whoever gets to run it in KOH is gonna be one lucky bastard.
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Damn that is some nice work.
Are you going to run a light box for your tail lights or stick them somewhere else?
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Are you running a fuel cooler or at all concerned with the Al intake acting as a heat sink? I thought that's why OEM was composite? My return rails soak a ton of heat from the engine bay.
I will have a whole fuel system tech.

but you are correct, the aluminum does pass heat unlike the composite factory unit and we have accounted for it. stay tuned
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my old bead down seats had seen better days and were retired in favor of a very custom set of PRP Competition Pro seats done in Black Ostritch skin leather and ODG ballistic cordura with ass and lumbar heaters


( realizing I need better seat pics to full show off the bling.)

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if you are gonna have 500hp in a rock crawler then the least you can do is install a stainless Alpha gas pedal like the trophy trucks use

also mounted the 12v guy winch switch in a nice handy location.

All wiring is soldered and shrink sleeved with connections via weatherpack fittings. I decided to run relays and no fuses.

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Looking pretty sharp dude............Digging the motor and skin color!
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side vent window, rear radiator wall and radiator mounted in place.
What size radiator did you go with?
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